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Sausage meatballs with peppers and onions

Chopped red peppers and yellow onions add colour and texture to these savoury sausage meatballs. Seasoned to perfection with an Italian herb mix, these meatballs are stuffed in pizza dough and topped with basil. 



  • 4 Italian sausages, mild or spicy
  • 2 red bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 yellow onions, sliced
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup dry white wine, light flavoured beer, or water
  • 1 ball store-bought pizza dough or 4 sandwich rolls
  • Fresh basil or prepared pesto, optional


  1. Heat your oven to 400°F and lightly coat a sheet pan with olive oil.
  2. Using a sharp knife, split open the sausage casings, remove the meat, and discard the casings.
  3. Divide each sausage into six equal pieces and roll into meatballs. Place onto the prepared sheet pan and bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until cooked.
  4. Meanwhile, place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in a teaspoon or two of oil along with the sliced peppers and onions. Season with salt and pepper and cook until lightly golden and soft, about five to six minutes. 
  5. If needed, add another splash of oil and stir in the garlic. Cook for another minute.
  6. Add in the tomato paste, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper flakes then slowly stir in the wine, beer, or water. Turn the heat down to low and simmer until the meatballs are done.
  7. When the meatballs are done, add them to the pan, cover, and keep warm over low until ready to serve.
  8. If using store-bought pizza dough, divide the dough into four to six equal pieces. Place a large cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium heat. Working with one piece of dough at a time, roll or stretch it out to about two centimetres (one inch) thick. Drizzle with a bit of oil and cook in the hot skillet until golden on both sides and springy when pressed, about two to three minutes per side. 
  9. Whether you’re using pizza dough or sandwich rolls, split the bread in half and fill it with the saucy sausage meatballs, peppers, and onions. Garnish with some basil or pesto, if using. Serve and enjoy! 

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